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and. today's news and the week's top stories from our t.v. edward snowden's asylum options grow as three latin american countries now say they're willing to shield the stranded n.s.a. whistleblower from american prosecutors. supporters and opponents of the ousted egyptian president valid more protests as the country's army backed government tries to regain control of the streets after a week of rallies and violence. and one tom o'barr is allegedly step up aggressive efforts to break the mass hunger strike at the prison which is under six months.
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thanks for joining me early this sunday morning i'm lucy catherine of any watching the weekly right here on our t.v. . edward snowden has a few more options now as to which country he can turn to in order to escape prosecution in the united states after bolivia became the third latin american country to offer him asylum that snowden became the latest lorn in the obama administration's side last month after leaking details of a global spy program and he's now he has the story of how one was a blow or has spurred a diplomatic spat between the americas i think snowden's longest spices up with a latin american twist a glimmer of hope after living in limbo for weeks then as well as nicaragua and bolivia offered the n.s.a. leaker asylum after european countries rejected his official request for most of the week if snowden himself didn't know where his future would be taking him then we certainly did and this really it was thought ecuador might be
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a possibility but president caray is sentiment toward snowden shifted suddenly saying their help with initial transport documents was a mistake venezuela's madeira made his country's stance clear this weekend saying snowden can come and live in the land of chavez quote away from the persecution of american imperialism but only after bolivia's ever morale us was detained and denied airspace over europe for some fourteen hours while his presidential plane was searched for snowden in an exclusive interview with our team around reacted to what bolivia called a kidnapping is huge and they think they can humiliate and subdue us by blackmailing us and dictate their own terms like they did before making us change our policies their rome would make our own decisions and they can't pressure us into doing what they want. latin america united with their condemnation social
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media rocketed with claims the u.s. was behind the move and europe a puppet washington remains silent they have made a serious mistake because it's just one more example of the way things are going to be not only throughout latin america but throughout the world already where you have powerful hegemonic totally disrespectful towards the national sovereignty of all countries even their allies snowden's leaks help reveal how the u.s. was cold war style tapping their closest e.u. partners even when you expose the truth even when you give it this truth to the people who are being spied on they won't step up and support truth so yeah it is a bit frustrating to see these european nations just kind of ignore this outright spying that's happening well thirteen for snowden at all cost and he's the now i r t moscow investigative reporter dave lindorff says it's notable how e.u.
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countries have switched from anger at the u.s. over america's surveillance program to complying with washington. it's quite astonishing to me to see how the leaders in europe germany and france and several other countries spoke out angrily at finding out that they were being spied on that their embassies were being spied on in washington that the e.u. offices themselves in europe were being spied on and then all of a sudden meet with a wall flat out said first of all they would not grant asylum to snowden who led them to know all that and then they caved in on this flight that they thought was carrying snowden i think what was happening was the u.s. probably told them about a plane that had snowden on it and didn't bother to tell them that it was a presidential flight it was an atrocious violation of diplomatic immunity to go after a presidential airplane and the truth is that president morales had every right to
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carry snowden if he wanted to that would not be been grounds to have brought him down latin america is finding itself squaring up to governments on both sides of the atlantic correspondent breeziness ago via from our spanish channel reports from bolivia on the region's anger at both europe and the united states for failing to respect the country's sovereignty. braless said this all for is a protest against the u.s. and some european nations speech has always been mostly anti american but now the u.s. is not alone seems friends portugal italy and spain close their ers they used to believe u.s. presidential plane europe has become the new enemy also mentioned that now is it time for not the american countries to impose their own politics of course he was referring to the u.s. now we have clearly seen here on the streets in the pause these new onto european feeling people are angry and their minds are going back to colonial times now if
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you put together colonial memories and these that skyjack happy so it becomes a nation can be a bomb meaning it relations between outlets in america and these four european countries might be meeting a new start anew my not be that bright brazilian investigative journalist pepe escobar says the way the u.s. and europe are handling the snowden case is bringing the entire latin american region closer together they all sort get what so what twenty four well four hours before what happened to a little bored out of this they were outraged in serious it were being spied a fall in a base in frankfurt and out over the nato headquarters in the moments outside of built twenty four hours later they did what they did against evil one of the leader of a small south american nations and now they unite that south america against the u.s.
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it just is ridiculous but that thick roll of the european puppets. egypt has slipped back into a political crisis this week when the country's military overthrew its democratically elected president math operations after mohamed morsi is ousting quickly turned into a violent clashes between his supporters and opponents a new interim government is slowly being formed but people there are deeply uneasy about what's to come as artie's policy or reports. egypt's back in the headlines but for all the wrong reasons a week of street battles mass crowds a divided country on the brink of civil war this is the street where the worst violence in cairo happened even fifty five people killed move in a thousand injured the mood is extremely tense friends family and supporters shouting crying a lot of emotion and the country's bracing itself for more u.s. issued military combat boots stand guard the newly installed all means not taking
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any chances if no clear government action to change its way to the status quo in egypt is on the brink of disaster coming up for egypt tonight an internet a real policy and real change is on the one side the millions who rallied for the ouster of the muslim brotherhood president mohamed morsi they got what they wanted went on wednesday the army took over across the bridge those who want to be reinstated both sides are talking wall i want to say to the american states and to the wall and to the whole wall and to the west to europe be careful if you join the army there gyptian out of me or the head of the egyptian army to destroy the islamist that means that you're turning this country to upgrades that will produce a love of islamists there's a strong feeling of deja even after just a year in office the muslim brotherhood leaders have joined it peter sr in prison president hosni mubarak both now sitting in the same jail for an article of
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america's betting on a losing. forced by selling out to the islamists where is the america that calls for freedom why have they allowed this to happen does freedom mean shutting down islamic t.v. channels does it mean shutting down used papers mean a hair watches events unfold from his balcony this cup question lives in an apartment overlooking tahrir square he says it's now each option to take against egypt this is something that completes the first evolution. official position was incomplete but i have been. limited to retake control of the country for more than a year and then. using that democracy in a very bad way by giving. the country to the muslim brotherhood which was the worst people to control the country this is evidence of the and i would like you to join me on a journey through time travel back in time travel to unravel discoveries discover
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evolution that made egypt and the element that made egypt a revolution. because one of the few taking advantage of the constant turmoil he offers foreign tourists a v.i.p. revolutionary to it includes a quick look at a few well the mostly through the cars window and now i'm so as spoken thanks to that evolution i used to stammer and stutter and flounder now you see my speech flows like a mighty stream momos like british people but most tourists are staying away while the country plummets unemployment's up and the egyptian pound is false musing its already weakened value as supporters on both sides brace for more confrontations many fear the situation will only go from bad to worse policy r.t. . and artie's cairo corresponded bell true caught up with a former chief who is now one of the top opposition figures in egypt amr melissa told her that democracy is not just down to the ballot box and that egypt's
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upheaval should be properly called a popular uprising. the security forces the armed forces are trying to maintain law and order in the streets going forward in a solid way that would allow the country to be. back on track but moments after the ouster of mohamed morsy we had reports of hundreds of missing by that officials who were arrested the president himself was put under house arrest with no communication t.v. networks were shut down people are calling this a military coup how can you defend that everybody saw millions of people pouring into the streets so it was not a coup it was a popular uprising if not a revolution that is not enough to be a ballot box approving you and then you just sit and enjoy your life and let the people go down the drain i don't know how some people in. from certain way of thinking believe that democracy is just the box of the ever got
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the majority over there has the right to do or not to do anything how can you include the muslim brotherhood and its political parties like the freedom and justice party in the political roadmap of egypt if their leaders of being arrested yes yes egypt is and in an unprecedented exceptional circumstances some precautionary measures would be taken but i hope at the end it is for the us and the rule of law that we prevail. we also spoke to egypt's a novelist and political commentator. now she thinks that it's a sad irony that the army is standing behind the popular on the arrests and that morsi is have done a better job as a leader. the military for the year that they were actually in power they themselves waged a war against their production and killed protesters on the streets in an escalating massacre so it is very sad that we are back in this
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position. but in fact it really is the intransigence of dr morsi that has led us to this because over the last year he has had repeated continuously trinity's to act as the president of egypt to bring people in to mend kind of broken ties and to actually put the country on the road towards aims of the definition. britain is trying to get the e.u. to ease up on genetically modified food that's despite claims the love of crops could cause us hope problems on that story in just a bit. the civilized world produces more food than it needs. while people die of hunger in other countries. millions of victims every year. where remedial
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is the most of the trade. is flood or droughts to blame. it was a bad year without a trained we couldn't find anything to do. with it all but there was great hunger. it was a good help comes too late and without good intentions. charity diplomacy and business.
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thanks for staying with us here at r.t.e. lucy catherine of u.s. military authorities are going tom obey are allegedly stepping up efforts to break the detainees hunger strike now in its sixth month british inmates shocker off mark claims that guards are using bizarre tactics for example intentionally slamming doors hundreds of times during the night this to deprive the prisoners of sleep officials have also said the force feeding of dozens of protesters will continue during the holy muslim fast of ramadan which begins on monday now lawyers for the detainees fear that the military will operate a painful for speeding factory at night time the procedure involves inmates being placed in dr cells with nothing to drink after they've been fed against their will but the highly controversial practice is still being defended by the u.s. as r.t. is going to judge you can reports the u.n. cost to us to stop force feeding guantanamo hunger strikers the practice is against
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international law and is seen by many as a form of torture and here is what first the guards strapped a detainee down to a chair like this one been they put a mask over his face so that the detainee can't move bite or spit when the nurse snakes the feeding tube into nasal cavity the fitting tube which is roughly the size of a pin this in court for each word this or this is not an actual feeding tube but it gives you an idea and this area is very rich in nerve endings and patients report extreme pain during the procedure and the nurse pushes the troop further down the throat creating a tightness that makes breathing difficult at that point patients typically feel pressure on their chest along some say it feels like they were drowning then the staff tapes the troop to the detainees know so that they can buy it or swallow it and then two cans of nutritional substances are being funneled.
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through the tube now we rode to one tunnel and asked whether they use an anesthetic for this seemingly painful procedure here's the response typically not however it is available if the detainees request that most detainees prefer to use standard all of oral to lubricate that to us of us are trying to make it sound like it's not as bad but here is how one of the detainees a yemeni man somewhere in a jailhouse on the bell describes what force feeding actually feels like i will never forget the first time they passed the feeding tube up my nose i can't describe how painful it is to be force fed this way as it was thrust it made me feel like throwing up i wanted to vomit but i couldn't there was getting in my chest throat and stomach i had never experienced such pain before i would not wish this cruel punishment upon anyone we also asked the kuantan official how many detainees resist the procedure and how many give their consent to it and he went back saying the majority of the detainees report compliantly and do not resist detainees are given a choice to eat
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a hot meal drink the liquid new trend or be and troll fed the detainees see the choice differently take a listen to. when they come to force me into the chair if i refuse to be tied up they call the team so i have no choice either i can exercise my right to protest my detention and be beaten up or i can submit to pay in full force feeding for most people these detainees are out of sight out of mind as sudden as it is they see physical suffering as the only way to draw the world's attention to their plight we can't hear their voices but here's what they write i'm doing this because i want to know my destiny i cannot abide not knowing anymore i just hope that because of the pain we are suffering the eyes of the world will once again look to guantanamo before it is too but indefinite detention is the worst form of torture. respect us or kill us it's your choice the u.s. must take off its mask and kill us the obama administration doesn't want. to die
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but neither is it in a rush to give the detainees their lives back in washington i'm going to check on the military medical staff add kuantan i'm obey are not authorized to treat the detainees properly as doctors are now that is the view of frank arnold who's been advocating for washington to allow independent doctors to get access to the hunger strikers the regime which the joint task force for one time has written for the cleveland of these people requires truly abusive care and also is involves the use of medicines which are dangerous they are not allowed to behave like doctors and are compelled by the military hierarchy to behave like jailers in particular several of them have commented to me through their lawyer is that when they are asked to doctors for example to stop the environmental
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manipulation which leaves them freezing you know which we hear them at night for various disturbances the doctor says they have no power to do anything and as one of them's one of the hunger strikers what is the point of a doctor like right now just on air but online as well we'll bring you the latest on the ongoing mass hunger strike at guantanamo bay whether time line right here at r.t. dot com you can log on and check out exactly how then so i've been unfolding. now britain once the e.u. to embrace genetically modified food and ease the tighter regulations surrounding it the country's environment secretary claims g.m. crops are actually safer than many of the alternatives although health organizations beg to differ are g.m. crops such as corn and rice spread through the food chain through cattle and are ending up in our daily products at around ninety percent of all biotech seeds are
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owned by the u.s. giant one sound which is accused of stifling small businesses and driving farmers to ruin that meanwhile alarms being raised over the health implications of the biotech food ranging from simple allergies to devastating immune system problems artie's polly boyko investigates. it's controversial but britain's environment secretary says that the public should embrace genetically modified food is a hard sell the campaign is say it's dangerous to human health whereas the scientific community supports the technology and if it is a safe as they and the government are sure it is and the argument for g.m. food is quite compelling it would allow farmers to grow crops in tough conditions and thus help to feed hungry mouths around the world the u.s. and brazil already must have produces of the stuff and the british government says the u.k. shouldn't be getting left behind talk more about this i'm joined by dr robert he's the founder for the alliance for natural health which campaigns against g.m.
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foods. there are a billion hungry mouths in the world and we're being told that this technology is safe shouldn't we embrace it in that case well if you look at all the real developments in raising eels it hasn't actually occurred through g.m. it's occurred through conventional breeding practices and we know that the european authorities have probably one of the most comprehensive evaluation systems compared with other parts of the world but only two crops have actually got through the net for cultivation over fifty have been approved for consumption but of course the majority of it is given to animals and not to humans what are the risks in this case how is it dangerous to human health there's been a lot of g.m. produced of course a large amount of it going to animals but the u.s. population has been eating a lot of g.m. corner a lot of g.m. soy and they say well we can't see the effect we believe looking at humans as guinea pigs is not a great way of doing it particularly given the fact that we're only looking at
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really one or two generations of exposure why is the government so keen to develop this technology in that case and who would be benefiting from it if they did there are about a half a dozen companies that are the key players in this areas of which monsanto is the biggest and they've been putting huge pressure on governments they're all doing that the biggest problem is concentrating the agricultural reese. and particularly seed supply in the hands of a few companies and these companies have a lot of sway with the major governments in the world including the u.k. government many thanks for your comments but as one environmental group said the british government's attempt to get g.m. food back on the menu is like flogging a dead horse and despite any of the scientific arguments for it one thing that you come to you with is that g.m. food just doesn't have a good reputation a survey last month showed that only twenty one percent of the u.k. population supports the technology. ati london. the alternative cyber currency bitcoin could be opening up some big investments now they win goal
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revolves twins best known for suing facebook founder mark zuckerberg over claims that he stole their social networking idea are planning to float a bit coin trust but even with multimillionaires on board the rebel currency is key fan base are those drawn to the anti-establishment charm that already is more in a part my explains. it's happy hour in midtown manhattan dozens of bars are filled with after work crowds but here at ever. is where you'll find the big apple's expanding community of bitcoin investors think . it's the first new york city establishment to accept the digital currency a monetary system free from government and bank control as well as credit card processing fees i'd rather everyone pay with than i would with a credit card twenty three year old charlie shrem is co owner of ever and founder
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of bit instant one of the first big quinn payment processing companies when i first came into the space. i was the only person new york city had heard even heard of the coin i was last out of every v.c. firm in the city and now fast forward to two years there are so many startups that i started. meet ups we're all friends of the each other there's kind of like a culture it's more friendly or if you're good are you know a culture of young financially savvy new yorkers determined to build an unregulated financial system i'll buy a big corner and hold on i'm going to big josh rossi hosts a weekly bitcoin meeting in union square where people can buy and sell the digital coins a gathering data tracks even hedge fund and high frequency traders you can finally opt out of a system that you don't agree with like bernanke you can keep printing as much money as he wants to corn users are in effect here holding declines it only makes our big points worth more dollars it's a natural hedge against inflation in
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a city that serves as the global headquarters for most of the world's largest banks the big quite economy is slowly being embraced by respectable businesses domino's pizza the howard johnson hotel chain and a new york based limo service now accept the digital currency fair to say that new yorkers are able to eat sleep and commute without spending a dollar online popular sites like reddit and ok cupid accepted because cars furniture and tech gadgets have been put up for sale on the trading website craigslist with dollars or digital coins equally accepted and for the anti prism privacy defenders the big b. will soon have purchased power with these burner phones which feature disposable numbers many economists remain skeptical of the long term stability of a currency that lacks backing from a single government but not a problem for big queen believers if they were complete with the monetary system if
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they felt it was fair then they wouldn't be looking for an option like the point so you see already the loss of confidence the loss of commitment it's a sign of where this society is going the us government though isn't too happy with the coins popularity it recently shut down our virtual exchange system for the currency claim. it was a money laundering platform i think we've had one hundred years now of what the u.s. government can do when it gets to manipulate a currency and a lot of people are kind of tired of that and they want to experiment in a space where you can't manipulate a currency just what would that even mean for money and i think that's why a lot of people are really interested in the space growing enthusiasm for an invisible currency presented to rival the printed greenback marina port i.r.t. new york up next we investigate the vicious circle of dependency on tunker and africa stay with us.
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as a person who lives in russia i get asked very often why automatic console fat well are americans actually fat or is this just a myth from some hater countries the centers for disease control have declared obesity to be a disease as if twenty point nine percent of adult americans are obese and that is an all time high people blame the sedentary lifestyle as the cause yes if you were out all day at work and then all evening after driving home sure doesn't help your waistline but problems can have multiple causes and the authors of the book rich food poor food believe it could be tied to eight foods that are allowed in america but are banned in many other countries across the globe some of these chemicals and techniques and foods that are banned by some other countries are
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a less strong which is in many snack products which lower scale worries but kills your body's ability to absorb minerals brought me to flour which saves tons of time for the baker but beats up your internal organs and of course our good old friend synthetic growth hormones which are in livestock which have been linked to cancer big problems really have simple solutions you can run around and exercise as much as you like but if you're being pumped full of these chemicals that are illegal in much of the world well your chances of fitting into that bathing suit are ironically slim but that's just my opinion.